Cheap and good engine. My first car
Brakes front disks replaced at 110.000km cost 300 €.
The thermo water-trap replaced at 110.000km (bought it in a car-store; cost 1.5 €),
The passenger door was stuck and couldn't be opened when I got the car. Didn't cost me anything to fix it.
Front shock-absorbers replaced at 110.000km.
Interior is crap, but it is good crap.
This is my first car, I bought it in 2003 because I wanted to learn how to fix the car myself, got it for 300 € and had to get the brakes fixed for same sum.
The previous owner parked the car in such a way that the right side of the car body was very rusty and I couldn't wind down the window, so I've had a lot of fun fixing this, and I brushed up and painted the body, and it looks very good.
I've never had any problems since 2003, and the car starts always, steering it can be heavy at low speed, but very stable at high speed. This car is outstanding on the highway, and the gear ratio is unique the 5th gear is for +125 kmh.
I also noticed that some parts in the car, like the air-filter box, are from VW.
The Skoda Favorit has few things that can go wrong, no electric stuff and comfort. My friend has a Renault Megane Coupe, and he had tow the car to the repair because a computer chip failed.
Body has to be taken care of, because the rust is marching in, and it dents easily.
This is a perfect first car. Cheap all-around (parts, consumption), and it's very easy to learn to fix it.
Engine is reliable, but interior and are body not.
Has more power than I thought when I bought it, but the gear shifting is awful.
Cheap and good engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2006